Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'm still here!

So sorry to be missing in action. There is a lot going on here, but not necessarily in the needlework/handwork field.

C and I finished "our" baby blanket for C's sister. As you can see, we are quite pleased with how it turned out.


The white portion of the granny squares were a donation to the thrift store; there were 50. I used 49 (7x7) to make this blanket; I think it is almost a perfect size for a newborn.

Last week Saturday we went to a wedding in Michigan. The weather was perfect, and the setting was beautiful. As you can see, it was very casual. This was a Michigan wedding, which means no sit down dinner; there were a lot of Illinois people there, and you could see the different expectations in the different groups of people. I always find it fascinating to notice different customs in different parts of the country!


At my wedding I didn't know about the difference in Illinois and Michigan wedding customs, and I had a Michigan wedding in Illinois. All the people who came were waiting for the food!

On the way home we stopped by one of the Gary steel mills.


They have cleaned the area, and where there used to be acid pits now there is this:


We saw ducks eating and quite a few boats. The gorgeous day continued:


Those are our shadows. Look how calm the water is! It was a beautiful ending to a beautiful day.


Now, more than a week week later we had another day out. We went to the Crete Family Fun Center (tickets purchased through Groupon), and we had a lot of fun!

We started on the go-carts. I had never driven a go-cart before. (I know! DH was amazed too.) It was so much fun that I couldn't wipe the grin off my face. P assured me that he could have passed at any point, but didn't because he thought it wouldn't be polite. I guess we forgot to explain that it was a race.


After the go-carts we played mini golf. This is just before DD2 lost her ball in the water hazard.


Here are the victorious golfers, have you ever seen such a pair of handsome kids!


We continued with bumper cars, arcade games, pizza and pop, and more playing. Much fun was had by all, and we were all worn out by the end of the afternoon; then we stopped for ice cream at Culver's on the way home.

Summer is coming to an end for the kids, school starts on the 22nd already!